Controversial Lazio skipper Tommaso Rocchi is set to remain with the club after President Claudio Lotito revealed that despite attracting interest from Genoa and Palermo, the striker is determined to continue with the capital club.
Lazio is traditionally considered as of Italy’s strong club’s, however, le Aquile have experienced a difficult few seasons in the league climaxing last summer when a number of their stars decided to call it quits and look for greener pastures.
The then strikers Goran Pandev and Christian Ledesma put in offers asking to be released from the club but Davide Ballardini would have none of it. He resorted to benching both players for much of the season until a court ruling granted Pandev and Ledesma permission to leave the Roman side.
By this time, Lazio had slipped down the Serie A table to 18th place and pressure from their fans left Claudio Lotito with no option but to show Ballardini the door. Edy Reja took over from the 46 year old and helped Lazio finish the season in 12 place.
With Serbian defender Aleksanda Kolarov being sold to Manchester city for 19 million Pounds, it was believed that the Roman club would move to secure Genoa’s Roberto Aquafresca in a swap deal, however, that did not materialise.
Meanwhile, Lazio coach Edy Reja is due to meet with club president Claudio Lotito to discuss matters concerning new signings. Of keen interest to Reja is Parma’s left back Luca Antonelli who Reja believes would be Kolarov’s excellent replacement.
However, the former Milan defender is valued at a whopping 10 million Euros. This is causing delays in both clubs reaching an agreement. Arch rivals AS Roma on the other hand have been very active in the market and will be looking to extend their fierce rivalry for another season.
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